A reader who has stumbled across an older edition of my book writes:
“I recently read your book Creating Cool Web Pages with HTML, 2nd Edition. I found it extremely helpful and easy to understand as I knew nothing about HTML before reading your book. I had only one problem with your book, you never mentioned how to actually put a web page on the Internet. Do I need the Internet Assistant program in order to do this? I borrowed your book from the public library and they told me that there were “no disks available”. Are there any ways to put a web page on the Internet that do not require extra software?”
I’m pleased to share this glowing review of my new book Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML and CSS from Internet expert Will Bontrager. Will and Mari Bontrager are the publishers of the highly regarded Possibilities E-zine newsletter that offers weekly insight and articles on CGI programming and design.
…Cool Web Sites ..
When Dave Taylor’s book arrived, I opened it right away.
It took very little time for me to be thoroughly impressed.
Here’s an interesting question I received from a reader:
“In Mac OS X, have you ever done “Get Info” on a shell script, made it
open with Terminal, and had it forcibly execute every time you open the
Terminal app and then exit? Any idea how to fix this? I’ve changed the
path to the script and now it complains that the script is not there but
still forceably exits after failing to execute the original script.”
A reader writes:
I have a Mac running OS 10.3.5, and I am trying to use TextEdit to write HTML code in your example. However, it will not let me save the file with an .html extension, as you specify needs to happen for the browsers to properly read it. And I tried it anyway using both .rtf and .txt extensions (the only options it will allow), and Explorer says “it doesn’t know how to handle the type of file you’ve selected.” Of course, I didn’t expect it to work, because your book said it wouldn’t. What can I do? And will I continue encountering problems as I go through your book since I’m working on a Mac, and the book is written from the perspective of PC users? Thanks
While many of the conclusions in the recent research released by the Poynter Institute where they analyzed how people view Web pages based on tracking eye movement are so painfully obvious that it’s embarrassing to read the article, the overall set of tips are well worth considering nonetheless.
Before we get to the tips, though, take a step back and think about the English language. It’s a left-to-right, top-to-bottom language, so after a lifetime of learning how to read and process information, it should be no surprise to you that Web pages are assimilated top left to bottom right, and that people only view the page until they ascertain the gist of the content and/or the information they were hoping to glean from the page. Therefore, it should be obvious that the top left corner of a page is viewed the most, while the bottom right corner is, you guessed it, viewed the least.
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